Theater Reviews

Review: “The Diary of Anne Frank”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, Books of Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe When: through Aug. 16 Tickets: $35-$70 Phone:847-242-6000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic While Writers Theatre is building an ultramodern new home, the ambitious Glencoe company also is showing off how much it has been able to accomplish in its tiny original space at the(…)

Review: “Cirque du Soleil”

Review: “Cirque du Soleil”

RECOMMENDED Where: Cirque du Soleil Big Top, United Center Parking Lot K, 1901 W. Madison St. When: through Sept. 20 Tickets: $35-$145 Phone: 877-924-7783 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Cirque du Soleil hasn’t pitched its blue-and-yellow tent at the United Center for four years, so it is especially exciting that the company is returning with(…)

Review: “South Pacific”

Review: “South Pacific”

RECOMMENDED Where: Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., Evanston When: through Aug. 30 Tickets: $34-$94 Phone: 847-920-5360 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Don’t go to “South Pacific” at Cahn Auditorium expecting any big surprises. Light Opera Works’ approach to musicals is very traditional, and this revival of the Richard Rodgers (music) and(…)

Review: “The Boy from Oz”

Review: “The Boy from Oz”

RECOMMENDED Where: Pride Films & Plays at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. When: through Aug. 30 Tickets: $25-$45 Phone: 773-327-5252 Before Hugh Jackman won the 2004 “Best Actor in a Musical” Tony Award for his star turn in “The Boy from Oz,” Peter Allen was barely on my radar. I knew that the Australian performer(…)

Review: “Grand Concourse”

Review: “Grand Concourse”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through Aug. 30 Tickets: $20-$89 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Almost every episode of the Italian television series “Don Matteo” ends with the crime-solving priest telling the usually remorseful culprit he’s just caught that God forgives and loves him unconditionally. Shelley,(…)

Review: “Moby Dick”

Review: “Moby Dick”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Lookingglass Theatre Company, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. When: through August 28 Tickets: $40-$80 Phone: 312-337-0665 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Anytime Lookingglass Theatre Company teams up with The Actors Gymnasium, the results are bound to be special. But their tenth collaboration, the world premiere of “Moby Dick,” is(…)

Review: “Feast”

Review: “Feast”

RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre Owen Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through Aug. 16 Tickets: $10-$25 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic In a worthy collaboration that serves everyone well, Goodman Theatre has teamed up with the Albany Park Theater Project (APTP), a multi-ethnic youth ensemble based in the North Side neighborhood, to bring(…)

Review: “Beaches”

Review: “Beaches”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace When: through Aug. 16 Tickets: $45-$60 Phone: 630-530-0111 “Beaches,” which is having its “pre-Broadway” Chicago premiere at Drury Lane Theatre, is a quintessential opposites-attract, female-bonding musical. That’s both its appeal and its Achilles heel. Based on the novel by Iris Rainer Dart that also(…)